Friday, February 6, 2009

Loving or Irresponsible?

When I first read about the octuplets born to Nadya Suleman, I couldn't imagine this woman suddenly having eight children at once. When I read that she already had six young children at home, is unmarried, unemployed, and lives with her parents, I had to ask: are you kidding me?

Sulema has collected $168,00 in disability payments for a back injury and had all of her children by in-vitro fertilization (which she says she was paid for). The doctor knowingly implanted six embryos (which is now being investigated) when the "norm is to implant two to three in women her age." She used a sperm donor for her first six children and then used frozen embryos for the octuplets. This is not a miracle birth - this is technology - and it will take a great deal of technology and money for them to survive, let alone to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Suleman says she really loves kids. That's fine. She says she was an only child and wanted a lot of children. That's fine too - but why not wait until you are sitting better financially and adopt them? There are many children already in this world who need a loving home.

But, how will all these kids get quality attention or be raised with fair chances? What are the chances that they will grow up to be good contributors to the world? And how in the world will she afford to raise these kids once the first round of contributions wear off?
"According to news reports, Suleman's parents have financial problems; the octuplets are all preemies, and will require special treatment. She has hired an agent; and reportedly plans to make money through paid TV interviews or working as an on-air childcare expert. Suleman mentioned to the media that she wants two $2 million to be interviewed by either Diane Sawyer or Oprah Winfrey."
I suppose in our society's ridiculous obsession with this sort of thing, she will get her interviews. I wish the children well, but rewarding and sensationalizing, as well as the irresponsibility of this whole thing, and using them this way - is sickening.

As a strong, independent woman, to me this woman takes us back to the caveman age. Is it right to pay this woman for basically having a litter and being totally irresponsible? The idea that she is now not only going to be rewarded but that she EXPECTS IT is ludicrous.

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